The Aluminat Bible

The Aluminat Bible is split into an Old Testament (a selection of Yehudite holy scriptures), and a New Testament describing the life of Justas through the tales of his disciples’ gospels. Just like the real life Bible, the Aluminat New Testament was written after the fact and defined in a Nicean council in 300 AD. Unlike in real life, the world of Victoriana had a second Canonical revision in 1560 at the end of the Thirty Years War, where the hosts of Heaven directly handed the Pope the nature of the Bible canon, including a 12th commandment. It is this second canon that we will discuss and define, as it is the backbone of faith for all of Western Europe.

Naturally, the Aluminat Bible is different to the real life Bible, with the single most major difference being without a doubt the book of Genesis. According to Aluminat teachings, the world was created from darkness and chaos by the angelic Host - rather than by the hand of a single God. In seven days, the Host of Heaven created, named and gave purpose to the world. The teachings of the Old Testament repeat the theme of Angelic intervention through a sequence of prophets — Abraham, Noah and Moses — and the basis of the teachings is that, without order, the world would quite simply fall apart, back into the primordial darkness, bringing entropy and destruction to everything. It is up to each and every person to support the rule of Order, not just in faith but in their daily lives. A world built in Order and inhabited by beings of structure who know their place, is a world that will endure.

The second major thematic difference is in the life of Justas. In real life Christianity we see Jesus as a peaceful, wise man. To the Aluminat faithful, Justas is a wise man, but also a freedom fi ghter who actively supports and participates in outright revolt against the corrupt Roman Empire of his time in the name of divine Order.

Without a single Godhead (such as is found in real life Catholicism and Judaism), the Aluminat faith has a hierarchy of Angels to personify different aspects of the ordered existence to which they aspire. No divinity is assigned to the Angels; this is not a pagan religion: the Angels are revered as higher servants of Order, not as deities. The hosts of Angels are also joined in canonical supplication by the cult of Saints - a roll call of those brave mortals who have so dedicated their lives to order that they have been officially recognized by the papal office as paragons worthy of veneration. Aluminat history has many saints: famous men, women (and even a dog) who are renowned for their virtue and have taken their place with Justas in the Heavens. Each Saint is known for a particular virtue, so many people pray to the appropriate Saint rather than Justas. It is assumed that Justas is too great to be bothered by more petty concerns, and thus the other Saints are more likely to answer and support their supplicants.